Madisonians Battle over Palestinian Sister City

(New York Times) A proposal for Madison, Wis., to form a sister-city relationship with the Palestinian city of Rafah has divided Jews and others in this college town and prompted personal attacks and accusations of anti-Semitism. While some of the city's 5,000 or so Jews say people here should reach out to the people of Rafah, in the Gaza Strip, others see the city as a hotbed for Hamas and other militant groups. Any partnership with the city, opponents say, would be a condemnation of Israeli foreign policy and Prime Minister Sharon.

2004-06-01 00:00:00

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